Youngsters from Muswellbrook's Goodstart Early Learning Centre embrace new Waste Wrangler characters

MUSWELLBROOK Shire Council’s Waste Wrangler characters paid a special visit to the Goodstart Early Learning Centre on Tuesday, riding in on the new state-of-the-art waste collection trucks.

JR Richards, who carry out waste collection in Muswellbrook, have branded their trucks with Waste Wrangler characters - Max the Minimiser, Gene the Gardener and Reece the Recycler – and are pleased to be sharing the technology, designed to improve the efficiency of waste services, with the children at the centre.

A spokesperson from JR Richards said the company were excited to be rolling out six new collection vehicles within the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter shire councils. 

“The trucks employ in-truck computers to monitor and optimise routes, which means less time on the roads, higher efficiency and added environmental benefits,” they said.

“Our 360°cameras surround the truck to provide improved safety and also record all vehicle movements.

“In addition, in-hopper cameras allow the driver to conduct a visual inspection of the contents of residents bins as they are emptied, permitting us to record and monitor contamination of the yellow and green lid bins. 

“And, all trucks include GPS monitoring of vehicle and driver position, and with real time access via a council web portal, residents can be easily updated of any collections queries they may have.”

For more information about waste issues in Muswellbrook, go to or phone 6549 3700.